The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Saskatchewan SPCA) announced they will not renew their contract with the Ministry of Agriculture for enforcement of the Animal Protection Act.
The Saskatchewan SPCA will be focusing on programs and services related to education and the prevention of animal cruelty.
“We want to thank the Saskatchewan SPCA for their many years of work in enforcing the Animal Protection Act,” Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart said. “We wish them the best as they enter this new chapter focusing on education and prevention.”
The Saskatchewan SPCA has been enforcing the Animal Protection Act for 40 years. The current two-year contract expires on March 31, 2015.
“Animal welfare is and always will be a priority for us,” President of the Saskatchewan SPCA Board of Directors Constance Roussel said. “However, after much discussion, our board felt that we can better serve the animals and the public by focusing on education and prevention. We thank the Ministry for working with us through this transition and look forward to continuing to work with them under our new focus.”
The Ministry of Agriculture is exploring other options for delivery of investigative services.
“The humane treatment and well-being of animals continues to be a priority for us,” Stewart said. “Our Ministry will continue to work with all parties involved to ensure a smooth transition.”
“We will now be able to focus our resources on the prevention of animal cruelty. We are confident that this is the best decision for our organization and the welfare of animals,” Roussel said.
About the Saskatchewan SPCA
The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a charitable organization dedicated to animal welfare. Established in 1928, the Saskatchewan SPCA is governed by a volunteer board of directors, with the head office located in Saskatoon.
For more information, please contact:
Constance Roussel, President, Board of Directors, Saskatchewan SPCA